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Blueprint Narrative for Processing Areas

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Blueprint Narrative  

Briefly describe the business:  
Names and addresses of owners  
Type of operation and products proposed and the proposed hours of operation
Any affiliated official operations  

Location Narrative vs. plot plan  
Describe the location of the plant  
Streets bordering  
Location of sewage system and name of agency having jurisdiction location of water supply and type of supply (certification if required) describe any allied business associated with the plant and the nature of the business and association to the official establishment  
Note the size of the building(s) and the operations housed in each describe any adjoining properties that might impact the area around the official establishment  
Describe any other unofficial operations in the same building and how separation is maintained 

Flow of operation

Describe the steps/processes the product goes through from receipt to shipment describe the methods used to  move the product through the various steps and the means available to provide product protection from contamination during movement describe how inedibles are handled in reference to product flow  
Describe how trash is handled in reference to product flow  
Describe how people move through the plant in reference to product flow  
Describe how separation if required is accomplished  
Raw products from ready to eat products 
Edibles and inedibles condemned animal foods saved in the production areas  
Describe lotting/codes  
Describe warehouse operations: rotation, storage, order make¬up, truck loading 
Construction of facility 
General statement of types of construction materials overall or by room following product  
Flow including floors, walls, and ceilings 
Type materials (absorbency, toxicity, corrosiveness, color) 
Type workmanship in construction  
Type maintenance program (if materials differ along the process, indicate as product flows what are the variables) 
Describe any exposed wood construction and maintenance provided floors, catwalks, platforms 
Safety, drainage, slope, surface aggregate, coving, curbs, etc. 
Walls, posts, partitions, doors, doorways, windows
Nature of finish, ability to clean, sealed seams, cracks, absorbency, slopes of sills, door width, product passageways providing protection, screening, curtains, self-¬closing devices 
Ceilings, skylights, rails, overhead mounted equipment 
Nature of finish, ability to clean, height, rust control, condensate prevention, painted areas, moisture resistance, and glass breakage prevention 


Describe the lighting available at various steps in the product flow  
Where required, state the fcp available 
Describe the method used to protect product from breakage of lights 


Describe the method of allowing air to enter the facility 
Describe the flow pattern of air 
Describe any filtering methods used 
Indicate how steam vapors, odors and objectionable conditions are handled 
Include welfare room and restroom ventilation and handling of airflow from these areas


Indicate processes in the product flow that occur in refrigerated areas
Describe the type of refrigeration available  
Describe control measures to help prevent condensation  
Indicate how drainage is accomplished  
Discuss control measures for prevention of frost and ice accumulation in freezers


Describe the material types in product contact zones 
Describe nature of surfaces 
Identify any areas that could be a source of direct contamination  
Painted, toxic material, rough surface, unacceptable types of material away from product zones 
Wall mounts sealed to walls or spaced correctly  
Water wasting equipment drainage
Clean in place equipment  
Piping equipment disassembly 


Certificates if required 
Method of control of back siphonage 
Control measures to prevent cross contamination by cross connections 
Condensate on overhead pipes control measures 
Availability of supply to all areas of operation 
Volume sufficient for purpose  
Applicable temperatures met  
Hand wash facilities available at work stations
 Facilities have required provisions available  
Clean up hoses available, adequate for purpose, proper storage 
Describe drainage for work areas and ability to prevent objectionable conditions drains trapped using approved methods 
Drain sizes and locations in reference to wet operations 
Cook vat curbing to control floor drainage
Gutter type drains and flow troughs properly trapped 


Indicate the method of treatment 
Indicate any size limitations 
Indicate any special treatment requirements or operating requirements
Identify the location of traps, screens or interceptors  
Discuss the means of preventing backflow  Identify separation of house lines from processing room lines and points of connection 
Plant waste disposal 
Describe how solid waste is handled to prevent possible product contamination  
Indicate the frequency of removal and the location of storage on premise 

Dry storage 

Types of floor, wall, ceiling surfaces and ability to maintain acceptably potential for contamination  
Lighting availability and protection of fixtures 
Batching, mixing or other operations conducted in the areas 
Discuss the operation and ability to maintain the area 
Hand wash facilities, cleaning capabilities 

Welfare facilities

Methods utilized by the plant to control cross contamination of product from
Employees utilizing welfare facilities, break rooms and other areas 
Describe the separation of the welfare areas from production areas ventilation and air flow  
Method of handling clothing  
Describe lunch and break areas and maintenance of the areas
Availability of hand wash facilities prior to entering production areas 
Availability of lockers / clothing storage method  
Drinking fountains provided  
Office provided  
Suitable to perform duties 
Identify available facilities provided  
Inedible products areas 
Separation of facilities for employees as required